This song is about always remembering the good times you have with people you love.
This past Thanksgiving, my little cousin Rachel passed away from a very rare bone cancer called Adamantinoma. She was 21. She was diagnosed about 2 years ago. Treatment for this type of cancer is amputation, but she didn't want to lose her leg, so her doctors went a different route. They replaced the bone with someone else's. The procedure worked, but we later found out the cancer spread much quicker than we thought. So quick, that it spread to her lungs.
What I didn't know for a better part of a year, is that she refused to take any more treatment, especially radiation. She didn't want to be stuck inside a hospital for the rest of her life, she wanted to be out living her life; to the fullest. And that's exactly what she did. I've never seen a person so dedicated to living, you could never tell she was sick. She was always the one smiling the most, she gave my family hope.
She lived in Colombia all her life, and in her last weeks, we were helping her apply for a travel visa to finally visit New York, and hopefully get some other medical opinions. Unfortunately she was a week away from her visa appointment when she passed. I hadn't seen her in almost 15 years. Although we did stay in touch over the years, I regret not taking the time to travel back and see my family.
When we were kids, we used to build kites. Her dad would teach us how to build the most colorful kites you could imagine, all by hand. It would take us a few days, but when they were ready, we would walk up to the park, climb the biggest hill, and fly our kites for hours. Those are the memories I'll keep of her.
A portion of the profits made from this song, whether it be downloads, plays, royalties or physical sales, will be donated to the Fuck Cancer charity. Fuck Cancer provides support to those affected by cancer through digital initiatives, programs, events and funding research that will change the way people think and talk about cancer and ultimately improve health outcomes.
The rest of the profits made will go to Rachel's immediate family, to help them gain some financial peace in a still struggling country, every penny helps. She leaves behind her mother, father, and little sister.
I wrote this song to celebrate her life. One of the strongest people I knew.
released January 1, 2016
Recorded at Chariots Studio 103
Mixed by Matthew Marando
Maurice Alban - Vocals, Guitar
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© 2016 Maurice Lee Alban & The Marquee